Lodge turns 100

By Shirley Todd

Work on the plans for a new Masonic Lodge began in 1916, and it was to be a gift from lodge brother Bernard Jones, one of the founders of Bermont Oil Company, who oversaw the hiring of architect, Joseph W. Morris, along with the design and construction of the new lodge.

The building’s location ended up on three city lots on Main Street. During construction, crews ran into issues with material shortages due to the on-going World War I, but managed to complete the building. It was dedicated in a ceremony on March 4, 1918. Jones had Morris design the 34 by 125 foot, two-story building for the Masons and the community. The first floor was used as an assembly room; with a rest room, children’s sleeping room, library, playroom, lunch room, kitchenette and bath rooms, all open to the public. The Masons wanted rural families to have a place for retreat, rest and refreshment when they came to town.


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